PAUSKAR INDUCTED INTO CABINET; AJGAONKAR ELEVETED AS DEPUTY CM

PANAJI Former MGP MLA Deepak Pauskar was inducted into Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s cabinet on Wednesday at Raj Bhavan while Ajgaonkar , who was already holding the Tourism portfolio, was elevated as Deputy CM. At 1.45 am on Wednesday, two out of the three MGP lawmakers split the legislature party and merged into the BJP. The merger takes the legislative strength of…

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MGP MLAs AJGAONKAR, PAUSKAR MERGE INTO BJP

PANAJI Two out of the three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar, early on Wednesday, have merged the legislative unit of the regional party into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “MGP MLAs Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar have merged with the BJP,”  Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said. “We, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar have agreed to merge with the…

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GIRISH CHODANKAR, FRANCIS SARDINHA CONGRESS CANDIDATES FOR LS POLLS

Panaji The All India Congress Committee on Monday announced Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President (GPCC) Girish Chodankar and former Chief Minister Francis Sardinha as the party’s candidates from North Goa and South Goa constituencies for upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Chodankar will be competing against sitting BJP MP and Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik and Aam Aadmi Party’s Pradeep Padgaonkar in North…

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PRAMOD SAWANT TO BE NEXT GOA CM

Panaji   Goa Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant is set to be the next chief minister of Goa after Manohar Parrikar’s death on Sunday, sources revealed. Sawant is likely to get two deputies – one from each alliance partner. Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar are likely to be the Deputy CMs. 

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GOA CM MANOHAR PARRIKAR PASSES AWAY AT 63

Panaji Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February 2018. Parrikar also served as the Defence Minister of the country from 2014-17 President of India Ramnath Kovind has condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

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AAP ENTERS GOA BY-POLL BATTLE

PANAJI The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday announced that it will contest the upcoming by-polls to the three Goa Assembly seats. “We will soon shortlist the candidates for Shiroda, Mandrem and Mapusa seats,” AAP Goa general secretary Pradeep Padgaonkar said.  Earlier, AAP also announced it candidates for two Lok Sabha seats from Goa. AAP’s Elvis Gomes will contest from North Goa constituency while Pradeep Padgaonkar…

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UNION MINISTER SHRIPAD NAIK BEGINS CAMPAIGN FOR LOK SABHA ELECTIONS

PONDA Union Minister of State for AYUSH and current MP from the North Goa parliamentary seat, Shripad Naik today formally began his campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Naik kicked-off his campaign with a visit to the Mahalsa Narayani temple in Mardol.   Naik said that he would be touring assembly constituencies for the next 20 days which will be followed by public…

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MGP TO CONTEST ALL 3 ASSEMBLY SEATS

PANAJI Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) on Monday announced that it will contest bypolls to all the three Assembly seats scheduled next month. The MGP is a coalition partner in the Manohar Parrikar-led government along with the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and Independents. The by-elections to Shiroda and Mandrem were required after the sitting Congress MLAs, Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, resigned and…

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WHY IS GOVT GIVING PERMISSION FOR CARNAVAL FESTIVITIES WHILE NATION IS GOING THROUGH TENSIONS: GOA CONGRESS

PANAJI The Goa Congress today criticised the BJP-led coalition government’s decision to host Carnaval festivities amid the increasing tensions between India and Pakistan and the capture of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. “At a time when our country is facing crisis, and our IAF pilot is in Pakistan’s custody, why is the Goa government granting permission for events like the…

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FORMER BJP MINISTER MAHADEV NAIK JOINS CONGRESS

SHIRODA Ex-BJP minister and former Shiroda MLA Mahadev Naik, on Friday, disclosed that he has decided to join the Congress. Naik served as a minister in Laxmikant Parsekar’s cabinet and contested in 2017 Assembly polls in which he lost to Subhash Shirodkar of Congress who later joined ruling BJP in October 2018. Shirodkar is now expected to be the BJP’s candidate for…

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